Summer is in full swing, and don’t miss these must-do events all around the county. Cheers!
This Saturday, July 11 is Pirates of the Hudson: The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told, a musical in air conditioned Tarrytown Music Hall that’s fun for all ages. Audience members help write and perform the tale in this interactive, hysterical performance. Shows at 1pm, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for kids.
One of my favorite things to do every summer is Dancing at Dusk at Caramoor Center for Music and Arts. (See our full story here.) Every Wednesday this month at 5:15pm, you can bring the kids (and a picnic dinner) to shimmy with belly dancers, clap to Israeli folk singers or dance to Greek music. Check the calendar for specific lineup. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids.
The Pleasantville Music Festival isn’t just for grown-ups. In addition to an all-day lineup of family-friendly music, kids will love the food, crafts and walking entertainment. Festival is Saturday, July 11, tickets are $50 for adults, $28 for kids over 12, Free for kids under 12.
Westchester County is putting on outdoor movies every Wednesday this month at area pools. Doors open at 7pm, so take a swim at dusk, eat dinner and then set up your lawn chair for a poolside kiddie movie. On July 8, The Box Trolls shows at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. July 15th is Dolphin Tale 2 at Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle. July 22 is Big Hero 6 at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains. On July 29, it’s Annie at Willson’s Waves Pool in Mount Vernon. Tickets are $5 for kids 6 and up; Kids under 5 are free.
Head to the Stamford Observatory every Friday night for a chance to see the stars through a 22-inch research telescope. Time it right, and you’ll get to see Venus and Jupiter this month. (They’re actually easy to see with the naked eye at dusk right now too. Just look for the two brightest side-by-side stars in the sky — they come out before the stars.) Recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Adults are $5, children are $3. Call 203-977-6537 for weather updates.
Become a member of the Greenburgh Nature Center, and you can camp out during a Family Campout on Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm. After enjoying a cookout, explore the moonlit trails with a guide for nocturnal creatures, then enjoy s’mores by the fire. You’ll need your own tent and sleeping bag. $50 per adult/$25 per child.
Also, if you end up at Greenburgh at all this summer, don’t miss the new Butterfly Exhibit. From 10am to 3pm, you can explore the plant meadow and learn about the native habitats of these beautiful creatures. All ages are welcome. $11 for adults; $9 for kids 2 to 12 years old.
Throughout the summer, the Chappaqua Library is hosting weekly summer pajama storytime for families. On July 9th, it’s llamas at the Library, which will feature llama-themed stories and songs. Then kids are invited to pet and feed real llamas from Hudson Valley llamas. Sleepwear is optional. FREE.
Enjoy a special family-friendly performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 14th at 6pm on the Great Lawn at Boscobel in Garrison. Bring blankets or beach chairs, pack a cooler and enjoy Shakespeare en plein air. All ages are welcome, but tickets are steep: $100 for a family of four.